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Though missions from both sides occur, the Alliance victory is canonical having pushed the Horde back through the Dark Portal they came through. However, Lothar falls in battle, and Doomhammer flees into exile. Other major events considered canon include Gul'dan's death after betraying the Horde to search for Sargeras' tomb, as well as the human nation of Alterac being destroyed after the Alliance had discovered their treachery of siding with the Horde. The Horde raiding Quel'Thalas for Runestones to acquire the use of magic is also canon as it explains why the High Elves have left the Alliance by Warcraft III; believing that the Alliance failed to protect them from the Horde. The non-canonical victory for the Horde campaign results in Doomhammer successfully breaking through the Alliance counterattack, which brings about the destruction of Lordaeron's human capital city, and the death of its king.

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Though missions from both sides occur, While the game has two interweaving campaigns with alternate endings, the canon ending is found in the Alliance victory is canonical having pushed campaign which ends with the defeat of the Horde back through and the apparent destruction of the Dark Portal they came through. However, Portal, along with the death of Anduin Lothar falls in battle, and Doomhammer flees into exile. Other major the exile of Ogrimm Doomhammer. However certain events considered of the Orc campaign are also canon include Gul'dan's death after betraying the Horde to search for Sargeras' tomb, as well such as the destruction of the traitorous human nation of Alterac being destroyed after by a vengeful Alliance, the Alliance had discovered their treachery razing of siding with the Horde. The Horde cities of Dalaran, Stratholme and Stromgarde, the raiding Quel'Thalas of Quel'thalas by the Horde in search of the runestones to use for Runestones to acquire the use of dark magic is also canon as (as it explains why the High Elves have left the Alliance by Warcraft III; believing that the Alliance failed to protect them from the Horde. The non-canonical victory later on as they blame "incompetent" human leadership for the Horde campaign results in Doomhammer successfully breaking through the Alliance counterattack, which brings about the destruction of their lands). The point of divergence is the final Orc campaign mission called the Fall of Lordaeron where the Horde lays TheSiege to Lordaeron's human capital city, and city but Gul'dan's [[NiceJobFixingItVillain timely]] betrayal so he could go search for the death Tomb of its king.
Sargeras weakened the Horde forces allowing TheCavalry to not only save the city but creates a momentum that allows the Alliance forces to push the Horde back all the way to the Dark Portal.


[[strike:[[DefenseOfTheAncients Anti-Mage]]]] [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage]] is ordered by the Burning Legion's new demon lord, Kil'jaeden, to kill the Lich King, the ruler of the Scourge, who, through his machinations and his dealings with Illidan, had ensured the demons' loss despite ostensibly serving the Legion. Illidan hires the serpentine Naga, night elves corrupted by ancient magic, to help himself achieve the task, but is pursued by a group of Night Elves led by the Warden, Maiev Shadowsong, who had previously been Illidan's jailer for ten thousand years.

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[[strike:[[DefenseOfTheAncients [[strike:[[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients Anti-Mage]]]] [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage]] is ordered by the Burning Legion's new demon lord, Kil'jaeden, to kill the Lich King, the ruler of the Scourge, who, through his machinations and his dealings with Illidan, had ensured the demons' loss despite ostensibly serving the Legion. Illidan hires the serpentine Naga, night elves corrupted by ancient magic, to help himself achieve the task, but is pursued by a group of Night Elves led by the Warden, Maiev Shadowsong, who had previously been Illidan's jailer for ten thousand years.


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!!Warcraft IIIIII: Reign of Chaos



The Horde, now under Warchief Thrall, rallies the Azeroth orcs, and steal a few ships from the Alliance to flee Lordaeron on advice from the human prophet, Medivh who tells the Warchief that the orcs will find their true destiny on the western continent of Kalimdor. Along the way, Thrall's Horde stops to repair their damaged ships on an island where they befriend a group of trolls known as the Darkspear Tribe. However, they are soon attacked by a group of Murlocs led by a powerful Sea Witch who kill the Darkspear leader, Sen'jin. Before his death, Sen'jin asks Thrall to take his tribe along with him as Thrall's Horde, with the Darkspear Tribe, escape the island on their fixed ships before the Sea Witch's Murloc army could overtake them.

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The Horde, now under Warchief Thrall, rallies the Azeroth orcs, and steal a few ships from the Alliance to flee Lordaeron on advice from the human prophet, Medivh Medivh, who tells the Warchief that the orcs will find their true destiny on the western continent of Kalimdor. Along the way, Thrall's Horde stops to repair their damaged ships on an island where they befriend a group of trolls known as the Darkspear Tribe. However, they are soon attacked by a group of Murlocs led by a powerful Sea Witch who kill the Darkspear leader, Sen'jin. Before his death, Sen'jin asks Thrall to take his tribe along with him as Thrall's Horde, with the Darkspear Tribe, escape the island on their fixed ships before the Sea Witch's Murloc army could overtake them.



The Scourge, an undead army led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King, assaults the Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. The prophet, Medivh, begs the leaders of Lordaeron to head west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by a disbelieving King Terenas. Lordaeron's Prince, Arthas, who serves as a paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand under Uther Lightbringer, is shown protecting the nearby villages from orc raiders of demon-worshiping Blackrock Clan. Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several of Lordaeron's villages. Despite WorkingWithTheEx, they are able to accomplish their mission.

The two of them discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the overall leader of the Scourge, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city put to the sword. Uther rejects the wholesale slaughter of civilians, and Arthas strips Uther of his office. Jaina leaves as well, not wanting anything to do with the butchery. Despite Arthas' best attempt, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Arthas immediately gives chase, as a disbelieving Jaina and Uther look on. Medivh takes this opportunity to convince Jaina to lead an army of Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

At Northrend, Arthas links up with a dwarven expedition led by Muradin Bronzebeard, sent in search of a FamedInStory runeblade called Frostmourne. The two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. However, before long, word arrives from Lordaeron that the king has re-instated Uther and recalled his son's errant expedition; Arthas is "forced" to destroy his own ships to make sure that his troops stay with him. Then he and Muradin set out to find Frostmourne. Muradin reads an inscription on the sword and realizes it's cursed, but Arthas is willing to make a DealWithTheDevil if it will save his people. As the sword is freed, its casing of ice shatters slaying Muradin, but Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good.

Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and meets with the king in the throne room. Here, Arthas kills his his father.

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The Scourge, an undead army led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King, assaults the Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. The prophet, Medivh, Medivh begs the leaders of Lordaeron to head west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by a disbelieving King Terenas. Lordaeron's Prince, crown prince, Arthas, who serves as a paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand under Uther Lightbringer, is shown protecting the nearby villages from orc raiders of demon-worshiping Blackrock Clan. Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several of Lordaeron's villages. Despite WorkingWithTheEx, they are able to accomplish their mission.

The two of them discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the overall leader of the Scourge, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces and Arthas to order takes the... [[WellIntentionedExtremist interesting]] step of ordering the entire city [[KillEmAll put to the sword.sword]]. Uther rejects the wholesale slaughter of civilians, and Arthas strips Uther of his office. Jaina leaves as well, not wanting anything to do with the butchery. Despite Arthas' best attempt, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Arthas immediately gives chase, as a disbelieving Jaina and Uther look on. Medivh takes this opportunity to convince Jaina to lead an army of Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

At Northrend, Arthas links up with a dwarven expedition led by Muradin Bronzebeard, sent in search of a FamedInStory runeblade called Frostmourne. The two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. However, before long, word arrives from Lordaeron that the king has re-instated Uther and recalled his son's errant expedition; Arthas is "forced" to destroy his own ships to make sure that his troops stay with him. Then he and Muradin set out to find Frostmourne. Muradin reads an inscription on the sword and realizes it's cursed, but Arthas is willing to make a DealWithTheDevil if it will save his people. As the sword is freed, its casing of ice shatters shatters, slaying Muradin, but Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good.

Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and meets with the king in the throne room. Here, Arthas kills his his father.



Arthas, his StartOfDarkness completed, is now a Death Knight in service of the Scourge (and is basically their only warrior whose heart is actually beating) and their field commander. He encounters the dreadlord Tichondrius in the wilderness who congratulates Arthas for handing Lordaeron over to the Scourge. Under order of Tichondrius, Arthas rallies the nearby undead, and travels to Andorhal to pick up the ashes of Kel'Thuzad. He kills Uther while there in order to acquire a special urn that will protect Kel'Thuzad's remains.

Arthas next travels to the nearby High Elven lands of Quel'Thalas in order to resurrect Kel'Thuzad using the energies of the elves' Sunwell. His path is constantly stalled by the Ranger General, Sylvanas Windrunner, but he is able to eventually corner the ranger, and turn her into one of the undead as well. Arthas eventually succeeds in resurrecting Kel'Thuzad into a powerful lich, wiping out most of the High Elves to do it.

Returning to Lordaeron, Kel'Thuzad informs Arthas of the Burning Legion, a race of dimension-hopping demon types, and how the Scourge was created to pave the way for the Legion's invasion. Arthas and Kel'Thuzad attack the Blackrock Clan in order to talk to the Burning Legion's leader, Archimonde, through their functional demon gate. Seeing that Kel'Thuzad can summon the Burning Legion to Azeroth, Archimonde orders them to attack Dalaran to retrieve the Book of Medivh, a MacGuffin that will make this possible. The wizards of Dalaran put up a stiff defense, but Arthas prevails, slaying Jaina's mentor Antonidas in the process. Thereafter Arthas defends Kel'Thuzad as the lich successfully summons the Burning Legion into Azeroth. Archimonde orders Tichondrius to take over as the leader of the Scourge as the Burning Legion begin the invasion of Azeroth, giving barely an acknowledgement to Kel'Thuzad and none whatsoever to Arthas. Suddenly kicked out of their own faction, Arthas asks Kel'Thuzad what their fate is to be. Kel'Thuzad answers that the Lich King already has a plan...

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Arthas, his StartOfDarkness completed, is now a Death Knight in service of the Scourge (and is basically their only warrior whose heart is actually beating) and as well as their field commander. He encounters the dreadlord Tichondrius in the wilderness who congratulates Arthas for handing Lordaeron over to the Scourge. Under order of Tichondrius, Arthas rallies the nearby undead, and travels to Andorhal to pick up the ashes of Kel'Thuzad. He kills Uther while there in order to acquire a special urn that will protect Kel'Thuzad's remains.

Arthas next travels to the nearby High Elven lands of Quel'Thalas in order to resurrect Kel'Thuzad using the energies of the elves' Sunwell. His path is constantly stalled by the Ranger General, Sylvanas Windrunner, but he is able to eventually corner the ranger, and turn her into one of the undead as well. Arthas eventually succeeds in resurrecting Once returned to (un)life, Kel'Thuzad into returns as a powerful lich, wiping out lich and Arthas' most of the High Elves to do it.

Returning to
loyal lieutenant.

Leaving a ravaged Quel'Thalas for
Lordaeron, Kel'Thuzad informs Arthas of the Burning Legion, a race of dimension-hopping demon types, and how the Scourge was created to pave the way for the Legion's invasion. Arthas and Kel'Thuzad attack the Blackrock Clan in order to talk to the Burning Legion's leader, Archimonde, through their functional demon gate. Seeing that Kel'Thuzad can summon the Burning Legion to Azeroth, Archimonde orders them to attack Dalaran to retrieve the Book of Medivh, a MacGuffin that will make this possible. The wizards of Dalaran put up a stiff defense, but Arthas prevails, slaying Jaina's mentor Antonidas in the process. Thereafter Arthas defends Kel'Thuzad as the lich successfully summons the Burning Legion into Azeroth. Archimonde orders Tichondrius to take over as the leader of the Scourge as the Burning Legion begin the invasion of Azeroth, giving barely an acknowledgement to Kel'Thuzad and none whatsoever to Arthas. Suddenly kicked out of their own faction, Arthas asks Kel'Thuzad what their fate is to be. Kel'Thuzad answers that the Lich King already has a plan...



Across the sea, Thrall's Horde have landed on the western continent of Kalimdor, and befriend a native race, the Tauren. Thrall's orcs help protect them from raids from nearby centaurs and then help them migrate to a new home in the lands of Mulgore. The Tauren Chieftain, Cairne Bloodhoof, tells Thrall of an Oracle at Stonetalon Peak who might have the wisdom necessary to help Thrall learn the Horde's true destiny. During the Horde's journey there, they come across Grom Hellscream's Warsong Clan currently battling an Alliance group that have also arrived in Kalimdor. Thrall decides to hire Zeppelins from the nearby goblins in order to evade the humans. Grom voices extreme displeasure, preferring the more traditional orc method of destroying their enemies through war. Unable to trust Grom's BloodKnight tendencies, Thrall orders him to take his Warsong Clan to the forest of Ashenvale to build the Horde a settlement while Thrall's Horde continue on to the Oracle.

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Across the sea, Thrall's Horde have landed on the western continent of Kalimdor, and befriend a native race, the Tauren. Thrall's orcs help protect them from raids from nearby centaurs and then help them migrate to a new home in the lands of Mulgore. The Tauren Chieftain, Cairne Bloodhoof, tells Thrall of an Oracle at Stonetalon Peak who might have the wisdom necessary to help Thrall learn the Horde's true destiny. During the Horde's journey there, they come across Grom Hellscream's Warsong Clan currently battling an Alliance group that have also arrived in Kalimdor. Thrall decides to hire Zeppelins from the nearby goblins in order to evade the humans. Grom voices extreme displeasure, preferring the more traditional orc method of destroying their enemies through war. Unable to trust Grom's BloodKnight tendencies, Thrall orders him to take his Warsong Clan to the forest of Ashenvale to build the Horde a settlement while Thrall's Horde forces continue on to the Oracle.



Acquiring the Horn of Cenarius, Tyrande uses it to awaken Malfurion Stormrage, who then follows along with her in order to awaken the Druids of the Talon. The two then go underground to awaken the Druids of the Claw, but split up upon coming across the prison for Illidan Stormrage. Despite his crimes ten thousand years ago, Tyrande sees him as a worthy ally, and kills the prison Watchers to free Illidan. Meanwhile, Malfurion enters deeper into the cave and is able to awaken the Druids of the Claw. Upon exit, the two brothers meet and begin verbally fighting, but is stopped by Tyrande; reminding them that they have a more pressing matter at hand; the Burning Legion.

Finally out in the world again, Illidan embraces his freedom, but is greeted by Arthas who engages Illidan in a duel. Illidan figures that they are evenly matched, which Arthas informs him that if Illidan wants more power, he should seek out the Skull of Gul'dan, which has been corrupting the forests. Illidan fights his way through the corrupted Satyrs and Demons, and is able to claim the skull; gaining a demon form in the process. He then decides to test his power against the Burning Legion, and is able to kill off Tichondrius in the process. However, he is banished afterwards by Malfurion for succumbing once more to his thirst for power that got him imprisoned in the first place; forcing Illidan to flee. Later on, Tyrande and Malfurion are greeted by Thrall and Jaina; having all been summoned by Medivh to combine their forces for one last stand against the Burning Legion at Mount Hyjal, the base of the World Tree of Nordrassil. The truce between the Horde and Alliance expands to include the Night Elves, and their combined forces are enough to break the Burning Legion's advance and slay its leader, Archimonde. Despite the victory, Lordaeron is left ravaged, the High Elves have lost 90% of their numbers, and the Scourge is feasting on the bones.

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Acquiring the Horn of Cenarius, Tyrande uses it to awaken Malfurion Stormrage, who then follows along with her in order to awaken the Druids of the Talon. The two then go underground to awaken the Druids of the Claw, but split up upon coming across the prison for Illidan Stormrage. Despite his crimes Illidan, Malfurion's brother, was a pivotal figure in the First Invasion of the Burning Legion ten thousand years ago, bringing both victory and defeat to the Kaldorei, and the decision was made at the time to imprison him. Tyrande sees him as a worthy ally, decides that his expertise could be useful, and kills the prison Watchers to free Illidan.him. Meanwhile, Malfurion enters deeper into the cave and is able to awaken the Druids of the Claw. Upon exit, the two brothers meet and begin verbally fighting, but is stopped by Tyrande; reminding them that they have a more pressing matter at hand; the Burning Legion.

Finally out in the world again, Illidan embraces his freedom, but is greeted by Arthas who engages Illidan in a duel. Illidan figures that they are evenly matched, which Arthas informs him that if Illidan wants more power, he should seek out the Skull of Gul'dan, which has been corrupting the forests. Illidan fights his way through the corrupted Satyrs and Demons, and is able to claim the skull; gaining a demon form in the process. He then decides to test his power against the Burning Legion, and is able to kill off Tichondrius in the process. However, he is banished afterwards by Malfurion for succumbing once more to his the thirst for power that got him imprisoned in the first place; forcing Illidan to flee. place. Later on, Tyrande and Malfurion are greeted by Thrall and Jaina; having they have all been summoned by Medivh to combine their forces for one last stand against the Burning Legion at Mount Hyjal, the base of the World Tree of Nordrassil. The truce between the Horde and Alliance expands to include the Night Elves, and their combined forces are enough to break the Burning Legion's advance and slay its leader, Archimonde. Despite Archimonde.

The forces of Azeroth have prevailed, but at some cost:
the victory, Night Elves are no longer immortal, Lordaeron is left ravaged, the High Elves have lost 90% of their numbers, and the Scourge is feasting on the bones.
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!!Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne



[[strike:[[DefenseOfTheAncients Anti-Mage]]]] [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage]] is ordered by the Burning Legion's new demon lord, Kil'jaeden, to kill the Lich King, the ruler of the Scourge, who through his machinations and his dealings with Illidan, had ensured the demons' loss despite ostensibly serving the Legion. Illidan hires the serpentine Naga, night elves corrupted by ancient magic, to help himself achieve the task, but is pursued by a group of Night Elves led by the Warden, Maiev Shadowsong, who had previously been Illidan's jailer for ten thousand years.

Maiev chases Illidan to the Broken Isles; the location of the Tomb of Sargeras. However, she arrives too late as Illidan is able to claim the Eye of Sargeras in order to achieve Kil'jaeden's task. Now cornered by Illidan's Naga, Maiev sends a runner back to Kalimdor to call for aid from Malfurion and Tyrande. The two arrive at the Broken Isles with an army of Night Elves, helped by the newly awakened Mountain Giants, and are able to turn the battle against Illidan in their favor. Alongside his Naga allies, Illidan flees, and escapes towards the now devastated Kingdom of Lordaeron.

Maiev, Tyrande and Malfurion arrive in Lordaeron as the latter heads off to find Illidan's location. In the meantime, Maiev and Tyrande help a band of Blood Elves led by Prince Kael'thas (the scraps of the Elven civilization the Scourge destroyed) escape the pursuit of the nearby undead forces in order to secure their help to fight Illidan. Tyrande holds the undead back at a bridge, but ends up getting swept down the river during the battle. Maiev and Kael's Blood Elves join up with Malfurion who has discovered that Illidan is attempting to destroy Northrend with the Eye of Sargeras at the ruined city of Dalaran. Maiev tells Malfurion of Tyrande's fate being torn apart before her very eyes as the two forces, Night Elves and Blood Elves, assault Illidan's base at Dalaran, and are able to stop the Eye of Sargeras before it could complete the spell.

Now captured, Illidan attempts to defend his actions by claiming that they shouldn't have stopped them as he was aiming to kill everyone's enemy, the Lich King of the Scourge. However, Malfurion counters by stating that his actions had put the whole world in danger, and resulted in Tyrande's death. Kael informs Malfurion that Tyrande had only been swept down river, which angers Malfurion as he realizes that Maiev had lied to him about Tyrande's fate. He leaves Maiev, and heads off with Illidan as the two brothers work together against the undead to save Tyrande. Having helped save Tyrande, Malfurion allows for Illidan to leave in peace as Illidan opens, and leaves through a Portal to the ruined world of Draenor, now called Outland. Maiev however shows up at the last possible minute, and takes a small force of Night Elves with her through the portal to continue the chase after Illidan.

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[[strike:[[DefenseOfTheAncients Anti-Mage]]]] [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage]] is ordered by the Burning Legion's new demon lord, Kil'jaeden, to kill the Lich King, the ruler of the Scourge, who who, through his machinations and his dealings with Illidan, had ensured the demons' loss despite ostensibly serving the Legion. Illidan hires the serpentine Naga, night elves corrupted by ancient magic, to help himself achieve the task, but is pursued by a group of Night Elves led by the Warden, Maiev Shadowsong, who had previously been Illidan's jailer for ten thousand years.

Maiev chases Illidan to the Broken Isles; Isles, the location of the Tomb of Sargeras. However, she arrives too late as Illidan is able to claim the Eye of Sargeras in order to achieve Kil'jaeden's task. Now cornered by Illidan's Naga, Maiev sends a runner back to Kalimdor to call for aid from Malfurion and Tyrande. The two arrive at the Broken Isles with an army of Night Elves, helped by the newly awakened Mountain Giants, and are able to turn the battle against Illidan in their favor. Alongside his Naga allies, Illidan flees, and escapes towards the now devastated Kingdom kingdom of Lordaeron.

Maiev, Tyrande and Malfurion arrive in Lordaeron as and the latter heads off to find Illidan's location. In the meantime, Maiev and Tyrande help a band of Blood Elves led by Prince Kael'thas (the scraps of the High Elven civilization the Scourge destroyed) destroyed), led by Prince Kael'thas, escape the pursuit of the nearby undead forces in order to secure their help to fight Illidan. Tyrande holds the undead back at a bridge, but ends up getting swept down the river downriver during the battle. Maiev and Kael's Blood Elves then join up with Malfurion Malfurion, who has discovered that Illidan is attempting to destroy Northrend with the Eye of Sargeras at the ruined city of Dalaran. Maiev tells Malfurion is of course concerned for Tyrande's fate being fate, but Maiev tells him that [[BlatantLies she saw her torn apart before her very eyes as apart]], and the two forces, Night Elves and Blood Elves, assault Illidan's base at Dalaran, and are able to stop the Eye of Sargeras before it could complete the spell.

Now captured, Illidan attempts to defend his actions by claiming that they shouldn't have stopped them as he was aiming to kill everyone's enemy, the Lich King of the Scourge. However, Malfurion counters by stating that his actions had put the whole world in danger, and resulted in Tyrande's death. Kael informs Malfurion that Tyrande had only been swept down river, downriver, which angers Malfurion as he realizes that Maiev had lied to him about Tyrande's fate. He leaves Maiev, and heads off with Illidan as the two brothers work together against the undead to save Tyrande. Having helped save Tyrande, Malfurion allows for Illidan to leave in peace as Illidan opens, and leaves through a Portal to the ruined world of Draenor, now called Outland. Maiev however shows up at the last possible minute, and takes a small force of Night Elves with her through the portal to continue the chase after Illidan.


The Scourge, an undead army led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King, assaults the Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. The prophet, Medivh, arrives before the leaders of Lordaeron to beg them to head west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by a disbelieving King Terenas. Lordaeron's Prince, Arthas, who serves as a paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand under Uther Lightbringer, are shown protecting the nearby villages from raids of the demon worshiping Blackrock Clan (remnants of the former Horde). Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several of Lordaeron's villages. Despite WorkingWithTheEx, they are able to accomplish their mission.

The two of them discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the supposed overall leader of the Scourge, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city put to the sword. Uther rejects the wholesale slaughter of civilians, and Arthas strips Uther of his office. Jaina leaves as well, not wanting anything to do with the slaughter. Despite Arthas' best attempt, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Upon Arthas' departure, Medivh arrives at the city, and is able to convince Jaina to lead an army of Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

In order to pursue Mal'Ganis, Arthas travels to Northrend. Here, he meets a dwarven expedition led by Muradin Bronzebeard, sent in search of a FamedInStory runeblade called Frostmourne. The two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. However, before long, word arrives from Lordaeron that the king has re-instated Uther and recalled his son's errant expedition; Arthas is "forced" to destroy his own ships to make sure that his troops stay with him. Then he and Muradin set out to find Frostmourne, eventually discovering it floating in the air above an altar, encased in ice. Muradin reads an inscription on the sword and realizes it's cursed, but Arthas calls upon the sword's power anyway. The casing of ice shatters, slaying Muradin, but Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good. Afterwards, Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and walks before his father, Terenas. However, Arthas ends up stabbing his father, which results in the king's death. He goes into hiding soon after.

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The Scourge, an undead army led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King, assaults the Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. The prophet, Medivh, arrives before begs the leaders of Lordaeron to beg them to head west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by a disbelieving King Terenas. Lordaeron's Prince, Arthas, who serves as a paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand under Uther Lightbringer, are is shown protecting the nearby villages from raids orc raiders of the demon worshiping demon-worshiping Blackrock Clan (remnants of the former Horde).Clan. Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several of Lordaeron's villages. Despite WorkingWithTheEx, they are able to accomplish their mission.

The two of them discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the supposed overall leader of the Scourge, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city put to the sword. Uther rejects the wholesale slaughter of civilians, and Arthas strips Uther of his office. Jaina leaves as well, not wanting anything to do with the slaughter.butchery. Despite Arthas' best attempt, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Upon Arthas' departure, Arthas immediately gives chase, as a disbelieving Jaina and Uther look on. Medivh arrives at the city, and is able takes this opportunity to convince Jaina to lead an army of Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

In order to pursue Mal'Ganis, At Northrend, Arthas travels to Northrend. Here, he meets links up with a dwarven expedition led by Muradin Bronzebeard, sent in search of a FamedInStory runeblade called Frostmourne. The two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. However, before long, word arrives from Lordaeron that the king has re-instated Uther and recalled his son's errant expedition; Arthas is "forced" to destroy his own ships to make sure that his troops stay with him. Then he and Muradin set out to find Frostmourne, eventually discovering it floating in the air above an altar, encased in ice. Frostmourne. Muradin reads an inscription on the sword and realizes it's cursed, but Arthas calls upon is willing to make a DealWithTheDevil if it will save his people. As the sword's power anyway. The sword is freed, its casing of ice shatters, shatters slaying Muradin, but Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good. Afterwards, good.

Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and walks before his father, Terenas. However, meets with the king in the throne room. Here, Arthas ends up stabbing kills his father, which results in the king's death. He goes into hiding soon after.his father.



Arthas, his StartOfDarkness completed, is now a Death Knight in service of the Scourge (and is basically their only warrior whose heart is still beating). He encounters the dreadlord Tichondrius in the wilderness who congratulates Arthas for handing Lordaeron over to the Scourge. Under order of Tichondrius, Arthas rallies the nearby undead, and travels to Andorhal to pick up the ashes of Kel'Thuzad. He kills Uther while there in order to acquire a special urn that will protect Kel'Thuzad's remains.

Arthas next travels to the nearby High Elven lands of Quel'Thalas in order to resurrect Kel'Thuzad using the energies of the elves' Sunwell. His path is constantly stalled by the Ranger General, Sylvanas Windrunner, but is able to eventually corner the ranger, and turn her into one of the undead as well. Arthas eventually succeeds in resurrecting Kel'Thuzad into a powerful lich, which resulted in a vast majority of the High Elves being slaughtered.

Returning to Lordaeron, Kel'Thuzad informs Arthas of the Burning Legion, and how the Scourge was created to make way for the Legion's invasion by killing off the nearby human and elf populations that could get in the way. Arthas and Kel'Thuzad attack the Blackrock Clan in order to talk to the Burning Legion's leader, Archimonde, through their functional demon gate. Seeing that Kel'Thuzad is the summoner to bring the Burning Legion to Azeroth, Archimonde orders them to attack Dalaran to retrieve the Book of Medivh in order to learn the means of summoning Archimonde; killing Dalaran's leader, Antonidas, in the process. Reading through the book, Kel'Thuzad learns the summoning process, and is able to summon Archimonde, and his Burning Legion, onto Azeroth. Archimonde orders Tichondrius to take over as the leader of the Scourge as the Burning Legion begin the invasion of Azeroth. Afterwards, Arthas asks Kel'Thuzad what they're supposed to do from there now that their role was done, which Kel'Thuzad answers that the Lich King had already prepared for this.

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Arthas, his StartOfDarkness completed, is now a Death Knight in service of the Scourge (and is basically their only warrior whose heart is still beating).actually beating) and their field commander. He encounters the dreadlord Tichondrius in the wilderness who congratulates Arthas for handing Lordaeron over to the Scourge. Under order of Tichondrius, Arthas rallies the nearby undead, and travels to Andorhal to pick up the ashes of Kel'Thuzad. He kills Uther while there in order to acquire a special urn that will protect Kel'Thuzad's remains.

Arthas next travels to the nearby High Elven lands of Quel'Thalas in order to resurrect Kel'Thuzad using the energies of the elves' Sunwell. His path is constantly stalled by the Ranger General, Sylvanas Windrunner, but he is able to eventually corner the ranger, and turn her into one of the undead as well. Arthas eventually succeeds in resurrecting Kel'Thuzad into a powerful lich, which resulted in a vast majority wiping out most of the High Elves being slaughtered.

to do it.

Returning to Lordaeron, Kel'Thuzad informs Arthas of the Burning Legion, a race of dimension-hopping demon types, and how the Scourge was created to make pave the way for the Legion's invasion by killing off the nearby human and elf populations that could get in the way.invasion. Arthas and Kel'Thuzad attack the Blackrock Clan in order to talk to the Burning Legion's leader, Archimonde, through their functional demon gate. Seeing that Kel'Thuzad is the summoner to bring can summon the Burning Legion to Azeroth, Archimonde orders them to attack Dalaran to retrieve the Book of Medivh in order to learn the means Medivh, a MacGuffin that will make this possible. The wizards of summoning Archimonde; killing Dalaran's leader, Antonidas, Dalaran put up a stiff defense, but Arthas prevails, slaying Jaina's mentor Antonidas in the process. Reading through the book, Thereafter Arthas defends Kel'Thuzad learns as the summoning process, and is able to summon Archimonde, and his lich successfully summons the Burning Legion, onto Legion into Azeroth. Archimonde orders Tichondrius to take over as the leader of the Scourge as the Burning Legion begin the invasion of Azeroth. Afterwards, Azeroth, giving barely an acknowledgement to Kel'Thuzad and none whatsoever to Arthas. Suddenly kicked out of their own faction, Arthas asks Kel'Thuzad what they're supposed to do from there now that their role was done, which fate is to be. Kel'Thuzad answers that the Lich King had already prepared for this.
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Across the sea, Thrall's Horde have landed on the western continent of Kalimdor, and befriend a native race, the Tauren, who they help escape the raids from the nearby centaur to find a home for themselves in the lands of Mulgore. The Tauren Chieftain, Cairne Bloodhoof, tells Thrall of an Oracle at Stonetalon Peak he could seek information from as to what is the Horde's true destiny. During the Hordes journey there, they come across Grom Hellscream's Warsong Clan currently battling an Alliance group that have also arrived in Kalimdor. Thrall decides to hire Zeppelins from the nearby goblins in order to evade the humans much to Grom's displeasure who feels that it is in their blood to destroy their enemies through war. Unable to trust Grom controlling his bloodlust for war, Thrall orders him to take his Warsong Clan to the forest of Ashenvale to build the Horde a settlement while Thrall's Horde continue on to the Oracle.

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Across the sea, Thrall's Horde have landed on the western continent of Kalimdor, and befriend a native race, the Tauren, who they Tauren. Thrall's orcs help escape the protect them from raids from the nearby centaur centaurs and then help them migrate to find a new home for themselves in the lands of Mulgore. The Tauren Chieftain, Cairne Bloodhoof, tells Thrall of an Oracle at Stonetalon Peak he could seek information from as who might have the wisdom necessary to what is help Thrall learn the Horde's true destiny. During the Hordes Horde's journey there, they come across Grom Hellscream's Warsong Clan currently battling an Alliance group that have also arrived in Kalimdor. Thrall decides to hire Zeppelins from the nearby goblins in order to evade the humans much to Grom's displeasure who feels that it is in their blood to destroy humans. Grom voices extreme displeasure, preferring the more traditional orc method of destroying their enemies through war. Unable to trust Grom controlling his bloodlust for war, Grom's BloodKnight tendencies, Thrall orders him to take his Warsong Clan to the forest of Ashenvale to build the Horde a settlement while Thrall's Horde continue on to the Oracle.



Arriving in Ashenvale, Grom is able to build a large settlement due to the immense wood that Ashenvale has provided for them. However, he has managed to anger a race known as the Night Elves living there, and is attacked by the Lord of the Forest, Cenarius. Mannoroth has also arrived at the forest, and corrupts a nearby fountain with his blood in order to lure Grom's orcs towards it. Needing more power to fight Cenarius, Grom, and his Warsong Clan, drink from Mannoroth's blood fountain, and become a force of destruction that results in the death of Cenarius. Mannoroth then comes before Grom, and welcomes him, and his clan, back into the Burning Legion.

Arriving at Stonetalon Peak, Thrall's Horde is greeted by the arrival of Cairne, and several of his Tauren, who have come to join the Horde as repayment for helping them against the centaur. They manage to protect a group of Wyverns from the nearby harpies who also join the Horde, and fight their way into the dungeon within Stonetalon Peak. Fighting through the dungeon, Thrall and Cairne eventually reach the location of the Oracle, who reveals himself to be Medivh. Jaina, who was also looking for the Oracle had also arrived before them, and is told by Medivh that if their world is to survive against the Burning Legion, then [[EnemyMine the Horde and Alliance must band together]]. Thrall is also informed that Grom's Warsong Clan has been corrupted by the Burning Legion, which forces Thrall to take his Horde to the Warsong settlement. With the help of Jaina's Alliance forces, Thrall is able to fight through the Warsong Clan, and bring Grom back to his senses. Afterwards, Thrall and Grom take the fight to Mannoroth, and are able to kill the Pit Lord, but also results in the death of Grom Hellscream.

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Arriving in Ashenvale, Grom is able to build a large settlement due to the immense wood that Ashenvale has provided for them.forests in the area. However, he has managed to anger a race known as the Night Elves living there, and is attacked by the Lord of the Forest, Cenarius. Mannoroth has also arrived at the forest, and corrupts a nearby fountain with his blood in order to lure Grom's orcs towards it. Needing more power to fight Cenarius, Grom, and his Warsong Clan, drink from Mannoroth's blood fountain, and become a force of destruction that results in the death of Cenarius. Mannoroth then comes before Grom, and welcomes him, Grom and his clan, clan back into the Burning Legion.

Arriving at Stonetalon Peak, Thrall's Horde is greeted by the arrival of Cairne, and several of his Tauren, who have come to join the Horde as repayment for helping them against the centaur. their earlier assistance They manage to protect a group of Wyverns from the nearby harpies who also join the Horde, and fight their way into the dungeon within Stonetalon Peak. Fighting through the dungeon, Thrall and Cairne eventually reach the location of the Oracle, who reveals himself to be Medivh. Jaina, who was also looking for the Oracle had Oracle, also arrived before them, arrives, and is told by Medivh that if their world is to survive against the Burning Legion, then [[EnemyMine the Horde and Alliance must band together]]. Thrall is also informed that Grom's Warsong Clan has been corrupted by the Burning Legion, which forces Thrall to take his Horde to the Warsong settlement. With the help of Jaina's Alliance forces, Thrall is able to fight through the Warsong Clan, and bring Grom back to his senses. Afterwards, Thrall and Grom take the fight to Mannoroth, and are able to kill the Pit Lord, but also results in though at the death cost of Grom Hellscream.
Grom's [[HeroicSacrifice life]].



The Night Elves, led by Tyrande Whisperwind, see the outlanders as despoiling Kalimdor, and continue to consider the Horde and Alliance as their enemy. However, they soon realize that they are faced again with the Burning Legion after ten thousand years, which Tyrande deduces that their only chance for survival is to awaken the druids.

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The Night Elves, led by Tyrande Whisperwind, see the outlanders as despoiling Kalimdor, and continue to consider the Horde and Alliance as their enemy. However, they soon realize that they are faced again with the Burning Legion after ten thousand years, which causes Tyrande deduces that their only chance for survival is to decide to awaken the druids.


Arriving in Northrend, Arthas is quickly attacked by Blood Elves, but is helped by the Crypt Lord King of Azjol-Nerub, Anub'arak. Realizing that he doesn't have the time to travel to the Lich King on foot, Anub'arak offers Arthas an alternate path by going through the depths of the fallen Nerubian Kingdom, Azjol-Nerub. Arriving at the Nerubian Kingdom, Arthas fights through whats left of Muradin's dwarf expedition, as well as the Forgotten Ones that were awakened due to Illidan's previous attempt to destroy the Frozen Throne with the Eye of Sargeras. After exiting Azjol-Nerub, Arthas has his powers restored being near the Lich King, and, alongside Anub'arak, fights against Illidan, Vashj, and Kael's combined force. Eventually, Arthas and Illidan battle one-on-one, and the Death Knight defeats Illidan, sending him and his allies packing. Arthas then ascends the icy tower, and goes to his master to enact the Lich King's masterstroke--their bodies and minds fusing permanently into one of the most powerful beings on the face of Azeroth. Arthas, now as the new Lich King, is last seen sitting atop the Frozen Throne; looking down on his loyal undead.

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Arriving in Northrend, Arthas is quickly attacked by Blood Elves, but is helped by the Crypt Lord King of Azjol-Nerub, Anub'arak. Realizing that he doesn't have the time to travel to the Lich King on foot, Anub'arak offers Arthas an alternate path by going through the depths of the fallen Nerubian Kingdom, Azjol-Nerub. Arriving at the Nerubian Kingdom, Arthas fights through whats left of Muradin's dwarf expedition, as well as the Forgotten Faceless Ones that were awakened due to Illidan's previous attempt to destroy the Frozen Throne with the Eye of Sargeras. After exiting Azjol-Nerub, Arthas has his powers restored being near the Lich King, and, alongside Anub'arak, fights against Illidan, Vashj, and Kael's combined force. Eventually, Arthas and Illidan battle one-on-one, and the Death Knight defeats Illidan, sending him and his allies packing. Arthas then ascends the icy tower, and goes to his master to enact the Lich King's masterstroke--their bodies and minds fusing permanently into one of the most powerful beings on the face of Azeroth. Arthas, now as the new Lich King, is last seen sitting atop the Frozen Throne; looking down on his loyal undead.


We discover that though elements of both campaigns of the original ''Warcraft I'' happened, the orc campaign victory (where the southern human kingdom of Stormwind had been destroyed by the Horde) was the {{canon}} ending rather than Lothar winning, and becoming the new king.

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We discover that though elements of both campaigns of the original ''Warcraft I'' happened, the orc campaign victory (where the southern human kingdom of Stormwind had been destroyed by the Horde) was the {{canon}} ending ending, rather than Lothar winning, winning and becoming the new king.



Under the leadership of Khadgar, the arch-mage gathers an army backed by several of Azeroth's most well-known Alliance heroes to push the invaders back once more. Only this time, Khadgar leads his army through the portal to fight the Horde on their own homeworld of Draenor. Once there however, they discover Ner'zhul's true objective; a plan to open doorways from Draenor to other worlds for the Orcs to conquer. Khadgar's Expedition Force foils the warlock's plot, but the after-effect of his failed portal spell ends up tearing Draenor apart. Ner'zhul, and his remaining followers, escape through one of the few portals he managed to open while what remains of Khadgar's Expedition closes the portal to Azeroth from their side to keep their homeworld safe from the portal storm, and would then go into hiding amongst what was left of the now broken world of Draenor. Afterwards, the Orcs remaining on Azeroth are rounded up and placed in internment camps. The other creatures of the Horde, such as the Ogres, Forest Trolls, and Dragons go their own ways.

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Under the leadership of Khadgar, the arch-mage gathers an army backed by several of Azeroth's most well-known Alliance heroes to push the invaders back once more. Only this time, Khadgar leads his army through the portal to fight the Horde on their own homeworld of Draenor. Once there however, they discover Ner'zhul's true objective; a plan to open doorways from Draenor to other worlds for the Orcs to conquer. Khadgar's Expedition Force foils the warlock's plot, but the after-effect of his failed portal spell ends up tearing Draenor apart. Ner'zhul, and his remaining followers, escape through one of the few portals he managed to open while what remains of Khadgar's Expedition closes the portal to Azeroth from their side to keep their homeworld safe from the portal storm, and would then go into hiding amongst what was left of the now broken world of Draenor. Afterwards, the Orcs remaining on Azeroth are rounded up and placed in internment camps. The other creatures of the Horde, such as the Ogres, Forest Trolls, and Dragons Dragons, go their own ways.



The Horde, now under Warchief Thrall, rallies the Azeroth orcs, and steal a few naval ships from the Alliance to flee Lordaeron on advice from the human prophet, Medivh; telling the Horde that they will find their true destiny on the western continent of Kalimdor. Along the way, Thrall's Horde stops to repair their damaged ships on an island where they befriend a group of trolls known as the Darkspear Tribe. However, they are soon attacked by a group of Murlocs led by a powerful Sea Witch who kill the Darkspear leader, Sen'jin. Before his death, Sen'jin asks Thrall to take his tribe along with him as Thrall's Horde, with the Darkspear Tribe, escape the island on their fixed ships before the Sea Witch's Murloc army could overtake them.

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The Horde, now under Warchief Thrall, rallies the Azeroth orcs, and steal a few naval ships from the Alliance to flee Lordaeron on advice from the human prophet, Medivh; telling Medivh who tells the Horde Warchief that they the orcs will find their true destiny on the western continent of Kalimdor. Along the way, Thrall's Horde stops to repair their damaged ships on an island where they befriend a group of trolls known as the Darkspear Tribe. However, they are soon attacked by a group of Murlocs led by a powerful Sea Witch who kill the Darkspear leader, Sen'jin. Before his death, Sen'jin asks Thrall to take his tribe along with him as Thrall's Horde, with the Darkspear Tribe, escape the island on their fixed ships before the Sea Witch's Murloc army could overtake them.



Shortly after, the Scourge, an undead army led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King, assaults the Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. The prophet, Medivh, arrives before the leaders of Lordaeron to beg them to head west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by King Terenas who doesn't believe the prophet's words; causing Medivh to realize that he will have to find allies elsewhere. At the time, Lordearon's Prince Arthas and the paladin, Uther, are shown protecting the nearby villages from raids of the demon worshiping Blackrock Clan (remnants of the former Horde). Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several of Lordaeron's villages.

The two of them discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the supposed overall leader of the Scourge; the dreadlord, Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city to be purged. Uther rejects the idea to kill off the entire city, which prompts Arthas to take away Uther's title as a Paladin, and forces him to leave. Jaina leaves as well not wanting anything to do with it as Arthas commences with the slaughter. However, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Upon Arthas' departure, Medivh arrives at the city, and is able to convince Jaina to lead an army of Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

In order to pursue Mal'Ganis, Arthas travels to Northrend. Here, he meets Muradin's dwarvern expedition as the two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. While there, Arthas destroys his own ships to make sure that his forces stick with him after Uther had convinced the king to order the expedition to return home, and goes looking for the sword, Frostmourne, in order to have enough power to fight Mal'Ganis. Upon finding the sword, Muradin realizes that the sword is cursed, but Arthas calls upon the sword's power anyway. Frostmourne breaks out of the icy case that was holding the sword to land before Arthas as an icy shard of the case accidently kills Muradin in the process. With the sword at hand, Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good. Afterwards, Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and walks before his father, Terenas. However, Arthas ends up stabbing his father, which results in the king's death. He goes into hiding soon after.

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Shortly after, the The Scourge, an undead army led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King, assaults the Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. The prophet, Medivh, arrives before the leaders of Lordaeron to beg them to head west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by a disbelieving King Terenas Terenas. Lordaeron's Prince, Arthas, who doesn't believe serves as a paladin in the prophet's words; causing Medivh to realize that he will have to find allies elsewhere. At Order of the time, Lordearon's Prince Arthas and the paladin, Uther, Silver Hand under Uther Lightbringer, are shown protecting the nearby villages from raids of the demon worshiping Blackrock Clan (remnants of the former Horde). Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several of Lordaeron's villages. \n\n Despite WorkingWithTheEx, they are able to accomplish their mission.

The two of them discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the supposed overall leader of the Scourge; Scourge, the dreadlord, dreadlord Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city put to be purged. the sword. Uther rejects the idea to kill off the entire city, which prompts wholesale slaughter of civilians, and Arthas to take away Uther's title as a Paladin, and forces him to leave. strips Uther of his office. Jaina leaves as well well, not wanting anything to do with it as Arthas commences with the slaughter. However, slaughter. Despite Arthas' best attempt, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Upon Arthas' departure, Medivh arrives at the city, and is able to convince Jaina to lead an army of Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

In order to pursue Mal'Ganis, Arthas travels to Northrend. Here, he meets Muradin's dwarvern a dwarven expedition as the led by Muradin Bronzebeard, sent in search of a FamedInStory runeblade called Frostmourne. The two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. While there, However, before long, word arrives from Lordaeron that the king has re-instated Uther and recalled his son's errant expedition; Arthas destroys is "forced" to destroy his own ships to make sure that his forces stick troops stay with him after Uther had convinced the king to order the expedition to return home, him. Then he and goes looking for the sword, Muradin set out to find Frostmourne, eventually discovering it floating in order to have enough power to fight Mal'Ganis. Upon finding the sword, air above an altar, encased in ice. Muradin realizes that reads an inscription on the sword is and realizes it's cursed, but Arthas calls upon the sword's power anyway. Frostmourne breaks out The casing of the icy case that was holding the sword to land before Arthas as an icy shard of the case accidently kills Muradin in the process. With the sword at hand, ice shatters, slaying Muradin, but Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good. Afterwards, Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and walks before his father, Terenas. However, Arthas ends up stabbing his father, which results in the king's death. He goes into hiding soon after.



Arthas, having been turned into a Death Knight for the Scourge, encounters the dreadlord Tichondrius in the wilderness who congratulates Arthas for handing Lordaeron over to the Scourge. Under order of Tichondrius, Arthas rallies the nearby undead, and travels to Andorhal to pick up the ashes of Kel'Thuzad. He kills Uther while there in order to acquire a special urn that will protect Kel'Thuzad's remains.

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Arthas, having been turned into his StartOfDarkness completed, is now a Death Knight for in service of the Scourge, Scourge (and is basically their only warrior whose heart is still beating). He encounters the dreadlord Tichondrius in the wilderness who congratulates Arthas for handing Lordaeron over to the Scourge. Under order of Tichondrius, Arthas rallies the nearby undead, and travels to Andorhal to pick up the ashes of Kel'Thuzad. He kills Uther while there in order to acquire a special urn that will protect Kel'Thuzad's remains.


Ner'zhul, a powerful Orc warlock, unites the beaten Horde tribes on Draenor to launch a new Azeroth invasion. However, under the guise of being an invasion, Ner'zhul steals several powerful Alliance artifacts, as well as acquiring the Book of Medivh, and returns to Draenor in order to push forward a much darker end-goal. Under the leadership of Khadgar, the arch-mage gathers an army backed by several of Azeroth's most well-known Alliance heroes to push the invaders back once more. Only this time, Khadgar leads his army through the Portal to fight the Horde on their own homeworld. Once there however, they discover Ner'zhul's true objective; a plan to open doorways from Draenor to other worlds for the Orcs to conquer. Khadgar's Expedition Force foils the warlock's plot, but the after-effect of his failed portal spell ends up tearing Draenor apart. Ner'zhul and his remaining followers escape through one of the few portals he managed to open while what remains of Khadgar's expedition closes the portal to Azeroth from their side to keep their homeworld safe from the portal storm, and would then go into hiding amongst what was left of Draenor. Afterwards, the Orcs remaining on Azeroth are rounded up and placed in internment camps. The other creatures of the Horde, such as the Ogres and Forest Trolls, go their own ways.

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After the Horde had been beaten back through the portal to Azeroth, Ner'zhul, a powerful Orc warlock, unites the beaten Horde tribes on their original world of Draenor to launch a new Azeroth invasion. However, under the guise of being an invasion, Ner'zhul steals several powerful Alliance artifacts, as well as acquiring the Book of Medivh, and returns to Draenor in order to push forward a much darker end-goal.

Under the leadership of Khadgar, the arch-mage gathers an army backed by several of Azeroth's most well-known Alliance heroes to push the invaders back once more. Only this time, Khadgar leads his army through the Portal portal to fight the Horde on their own homeworld.homeworld of Draenor. Once there however, they discover Ner'zhul's true objective; a plan to open doorways from Draenor to other worlds for the Orcs to conquer. Khadgar's Expedition Force foils the warlock's plot, but the after-effect of his failed portal spell ends up tearing Draenor apart. Ner'zhul Ner'zhul, and his remaining followers followers, escape through one of the few portals he managed to open while what remains of Khadgar's expedition Expedition closes the portal to Azeroth from their side to keep their homeworld safe from the portal storm, and would then go into hiding amongst what was left of the now broken world of Draenor. Afterwards, the Orcs remaining on Azeroth are rounded up and placed in internment camps. The other creatures of the Horde, such as the Ogres and Ogres, Forest Trolls, and Dragons go their own ways.


We discover that though elements of both campaigns of the original ''Warcraft I'' happened, the orc campaign victory (where the southern human kingdom of Stormwind had been destroyed by the Horde) was the {{canon}} ending rather than Lothar winning, and becoming the new king. Doomhammer, who replaced Blackhand in the the previous game, goes about building a Horde more dangerous than ever by enlisting creatures such as trolls, ogres, dragons, and goblins into his ranks, whereas the surviving humans of Stormwind (led by the human commander from the previous game, Lord Anduin Lothar) have fled across the seas to the northern countries of Lordaeron and enlist an army consisting of humans, high elves, dwarves, and gnomes. Soon, the two juggernauts face each other over global domination as Doomhammer sends his Horde north to conquer the kingdom of Lordaeron. However, he is met by Lothar's newly established Alliance faction, who finally begin to push back the Horde's advance.

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We discover that though elements of both campaigns of the original ''Warcraft I'' happened, the orc campaign victory (where the southern human kingdom of Stormwind had been destroyed by the Horde) was the {{canon}} ending rather than Lothar winning, and becoming the new king. king.

Doomhammer, who replaced Blackhand in the the previous game, goes about building a Horde more dangerous than ever by enlisting creatures such as trolls, ogres, dragons, and goblins into his ranks, whereas the surviving humans of Stormwind (led by the human commander from the previous game, Lord Anduin Lothar) have fled across the seas to the northern countries of Lordaeron and enlist an army consisting of humans, high elves, dwarves, and gnomes. Soon, the two juggernauts face each other over global domination as Doomhammer sends his Horde north to conquer the kingdom of Lordaeron. However, he is met by Lothar's newly established Alliance faction, who finally begin to push back the Horde's advance.


We discover that though elements of both campaigns of the original ''Warcraft I'' happened, the orc campaign victory (where the southern human kingdom of Stormwind had been destroyed by the Horde) was the {{canon}} path. Doomhammer, who replaced Blackhand in the the previous game, goes about building a Horde more dangerous than ever by enlisting creatures such as trolls, ogres, dragons, and goblins into his ranks, whereas the surviving humans of Stormwind (led by the human commander from the previous game, Lord Anduin Lothar) have fled across the seas to the northern countries of Lordaeron and enlist an army consisting of humans, high elves, dwarves, and gnomes. Soon, the two juggernauts face each other over global domination as Doomhammer sends his Horde north to conquer the kingdom of Lordaeron. However, he is met by Lothar's newly established Alliance faction, who finally begin to push back the Horde's advance.

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We discover that though elements of both campaigns of the original ''Warcraft I'' happened, the orc campaign victory (where the southern human kingdom of Stormwind had been destroyed by the Horde) was the {{canon}} path.ending rather than Lothar winning, and becoming the new king. Doomhammer, who replaced Blackhand in the the previous game, goes about building a Horde more dangerous than ever by enlisting creatures such as trolls, ogres, dragons, and goblins into his ranks, whereas the surviving humans of Stormwind (led by the human commander from the previous game, Lord Anduin Lothar) have fled across the seas to the northern countries of Lordaeron and enlist an army consisting of humans, high elves, dwarves, and gnomes. Soon, the two juggernauts face each other over global domination as Doomhammer sends his Horde north to conquer the kingdom of Lordaeron. However, he is met by Lothar's newly established Alliance faction, who finally begin to push back the Horde's advance.


During the time that the Frozen Throne story unfolded, Thrall, and the Horde, settle down in a region of Kalimdor that they decide to name Durotar, and begin to work on their new capital city, Orgrimmar. The traveling Beast Master of the Mok'Nathal, Rexxar, comes across a dying orc named Mogrin, and decides to finish the task for the orc by bringing the orc's message to Thrall. Arriving in Orgrimmar, and handing the message over, Thrall offers Rexxar a place in the Horde, but Rexxar claims to consider himself a traveler who needs to continue moving, and chooses to take on jobs that require completion amongst the Horde. Thrall introduces Rexxar to the Darkspear troll, Rokhan, a Shadow Hunter scout that will accompany Rexxar around Durotar.

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During the time that the Frozen Throne story unfolded, Thrall, and the Horde, settle down in a region of Kalimdor that they decide to name Durotar, and begin to work on their new capital city, Orgrimmar. The traveling Beast Master of the Mok'Nathal, Rexxar, comes across a dying orc named Mogrin, and decides to finish the task for the orc by bringing the orc's message report to Thrall. Arriving in Orgrimmar, and handing the message report over, Thrall offers Rexxar a place in the Horde, but Rexxar claims to consider himself a traveler who needs to continue moving, and chooses to take on jobs that require completion amongst the Horde. Thrall introduces Rexxar to the Darkspear troll, Rokhan, a Shadow Hunter scout that will accompany Rexxar around Durotar.



In order to help prepare the Horde for the upcoming war against Daelin's army, Vol'jin tasks Rexxar to travel to Mulgore to recruit the aid of the Tauren. There, Rexxar's group saves the Tauren leader Cairne Bloodhoof's son, Baine, from a band of centaur, and is able to enlist the aid of the Tauren. In addition, Cairne has decided to join Rexxar's group with Rokhan and Chen. Returning to Vol'jin's village, Rexxar is next tasked to head off to Dustwallow Marsh after an Ogre had arrived asking for help to deal with the new brutal Stonemaul Clan leader, Kor'gall. Rexxar is able to best Kor'gall in a duel, and proclaims himself the new leader of the Ogre clan; sending the clan off to join the Horde against Daelin's navy. Arriving at Thrall's base of operations, Rexxar is declared the Champion of the Horde by the Warchief for his accomplishments to help ready the Horde, and leads the charge against Daelin Proudmoore's base of Tiragarde Keep to push the Kul Tiras forces off Durotar's mainland, and back to Theramore Isle.

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In order to help prepare the Horde for the upcoming war against Daelin's army, Vol'jin tasks Rexxar to travel to Mulgore to recruit the aid of the Tauren. There, Rexxar's group saves the Tauren leader Cairne Bloodhoof's son, Baine, from a band of centaur, and is able to enlist the aid of the Tauren. In addition, Cairne has decided to join Rexxar's group with Rokhan and Chen. Returning to Vol'jin's village, Rexxar is next tasked to head off to Dustwallow Marsh after an injured Ogre had arrived asking for before them seeking out help to deal with the new brutal Stonemaul Clan leader, warlord, Kor'gall. After completing the warlord's gauntlet test to become a member of Stonemaul, Rexxar is able to best challenges Kor'gall in to a duel, and proclaims himself the new leader of the Ogre clan; clan upon the warlord's defeat; sending the clan Ogres off to join the Horde against Daelin's navy. Arriving at Thrall's base of operations, Rexxar is declared the Champion of the Horde by the Warchief for his accomplishments to help ready the Horde, and leads the charge against Daelin Proudmoore's base of Tiragarde Keep to push the Kul Tiras forces off Durotar's mainland, and back to Theramore Isle.


Now in Outland, Kael and Vashj are able to find Illidan, but has already been captured by Maiev. The two sides battle as Kael and Vashj come out victorious, and free Illidan. They escape Maiev's pursuit as Illidan offers Kael all the magic the Blood Elves will need that will sate their burning hunger for magic. At this point, Kael swears his, and the Blood Elves, allegiance to Illidan's cause. Illidan, realizing that he will need to hide from Kil'jaeden's wrath for failing his objective, decides that he will become the ruler of Outland, and chooses to go to war with the current ruler, the Pit Lord, Magtheridon. With Kael and Vashj at his side, they close Magtheridon's Demon Gates, and assault the Pit Lord's Black Temple to take the the leadership away from Magtheridon. However, Kil'jaeden discovers Illidan's location anyway, and offers Illidan one last chance to destroy the the Lich King's Frozen Throne upon noticing that he has acquired some valuable allies.

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Now in Outland, Kael and Vashj are able to find Illidan, but has already been captured by Maiev. The two sides battle as Kael and Vashj come out victorious, and free Illidan. They escape Maiev's pursuit as Illidan offers Kael all the magic the Blood Elves will need that will sate their burning hunger for magic. At this point, Kael swears his, and the Blood Elves, allegiance to Illidan's cause. Illidan, realizing that he will need to hide from Kil'jaeden's wrath for failing his objective, decides that he will become the ruler of Outland, and chooses to go to war with the current ruler, the Pit Lord, Magtheridon. With Kael and Vashj at his side, they close Magtheridon's Demon Gates, and assault the Pit Lord's Black Temple to take the the leadership away from Magtheridon. However, Kil'jaeden discovers Illidan's location anyway, and and, upon noticing that he has acquired some valuable allies, offers Illidan one last chance to destroy the the Lich King's Frozen Throne upon noticing that he has acquired some valuable allies.
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[[strike:[[DefenseOfTheAncients Anti-Mage]]]] [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage]] is ordered by the Burning Legion's new demon lord, Kil'jaeden, to kill the Lich King, the ruler of the Scourge, who through his machinations and his dealings with Illidan, had ensured the demons' loss despite ostensibly serving the Legion. Illidan hires the serpentine Naga, night elves corrupted by ancient magic, to help himself achieve the task, but is pursued by the Warden, Maiev Shadowsong, who has been Illidan's jailer for ten thousand years.

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[[strike:[[DefenseOfTheAncients Anti-Mage]]]] [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage]] is ordered by the Burning Legion's new demon lord, Kil'jaeden, to kill the Lich King, the ruler of the Scourge, who through his machinations and his dealings with Illidan, had ensured the demons' loss despite ostensibly serving the Legion. Illidan hires the serpentine Naga, night elves corrupted by ancient magic, to help himself achieve the task, but is pursued by a group of Night Elves led by the Warden, Maiev Shadowsong, who has had previously been Illidan's jailer for ten thousand years.


Finally out in the world again, Illidan embraces his freedom, but is greeted by Arthas who engages Illidan in a duel. Illidan figures that they are evenly matched, which Arthas informs him that if Illidan wants more power, he should seek out the Skull of Gul'dan, which has been corrupting the forests. Illidan fights his way through the corrupted Satyrs and Demons, and is able to claim the skull; gaining a demon form in the process. He then decides to test his power against the Burning Legion, and is able to kill off Tichondrius in the process. However, he is banished afterwards by Malfurion for succumbing once more to his thirst for power; forcing Illidan to flee. Later on, Tyrande and Malfurion are greeted by Thrall and Jaina; having all been summoned by Medivh to combine their forces for one last stand against the Burning Legion at Mount Hyjal, the base of the World Tree of Nordrassil. The truce between the Horde and Alliance expands to include the Night Elves, and their combined forces are enough to break the Burning Legion's advance and slay its leader, Archimonde. Despite the victory, Lordaeron is left ravaged, the High Elves have lost 90% of their numbers, and the Scourge is feasting on the bones.

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Finally out in the world again, Illidan embraces his freedom, but is greeted by Arthas who engages Illidan in a duel. Illidan figures that they are evenly matched, which Arthas informs him that if Illidan wants more power, he should seek out the Skull of Gul'dan, which has been corrupting the forests. Illidan fights his way through the corrupted Satyrs and Demons, and is able to claim the skull; gaining a demon form in the process. He then decides to test his power against the Burning Legion, and is able to kill off Tichondrius in the process. However, he is banished afterwards by Malfurion for succumbing once more to his thirst for power; power that got him imprisoned in the first place; forcing Illidan to flee. Later on, Tyrande and Malfurion are greeted by Thrall and Jaina; having all been summoned by Medivh to combine their forces for one last stand against the Burning Legion at Mount Hyjal, the base of the World Tree of Nordrassil. The truce between the Horde and Alliance expands to include the Night Elves, and their combined forces are enough to break the Burning Legion's advance and slay its leader, Archimonde. Despite the victory, Lordaeron is left ravaged, the High Elves have lost 90% of their numbers, and the Scourge is feasting on the bones.


Shortly after, the Scourge--an undead army created by the demons who had corrupted the orcs in the first place, and led by Ner'zhul, trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King--assaults the Alliance, which was already beginning to fracture politically. Medivh arrives before the leaders of the Alliance to beg them to head west, but is forced out by King Terenas; causing Medivh to realize that he will have to find allies elsewhere. At the time, Lordearon's Prince Arthas and the paladin, Uther, are seen protecting the nearest villages from raids of the nearby orcs of the Blackrock Clan. Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the "plague" that has devastated several other villages. They discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the supposed overall leader of the Scourge, the dreadlord Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city to be slaughtered. Uther rejects the idea to kill off the entire city; forcing Arthas to take away Uther's title as a Paladin, which also causes Jaina to leave. Arthas commences with the purge, but Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp. After the slaughter, Medivh arrives at the city, and is able to convince Jaina to lead an army of Alliance survivors to Kalimdor.

In order to pursue Mal'Ganis, Arthas travels to the northern Azeroth continent of Northrend. Here, he meets Muradin's dwarvern expedition as the two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. While there, Arthas destroys his own ships to make sure that his forces stick with him after Uther ordered the expedition to return home, and goes looking for the sword, Frostmourne, in order to have enough power to fight Mal'Ganis. Upon finding the sword, Muradin realizes that the sword is cursed, but Arthas calls upon the sword's power anyway. Frostmourne breaks out of the icy case that was holding the sword to land before Arthas as an icy shard of the case accidently kills Muradin in the process. With the sword at hand, Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good. Afterwards, Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and walks before his father, Terenas. However, Arthas ends up stabbing his father, which results in the king's death. He goes into hiding soon after.

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Shortly after, the Scourge--an Scourge, an undead army created by the demons who had corrupted the orcs in the first place, and led by Ner'zhul, who is now trapped in an almost formless existence as the Lich King--assaults King, assaults the Alliance, Alliance within the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was already beginning to fracture politically. Medivh The prophet, Medivh, arrives before the leaders of the Alliance Lordaeron to beg them to head west, west in order to prepare for an approaching threat, but is forced out by King Terenas; Terenas who doesn't believe the prophet's words; causing Medivh to realize that he will have to find allies elsewhere. At the time, Lordearon's Prince Arthas and the paladin, Uther, are seen shown protecting the nearest nearby villages from raids of the nearby orcs of the demon worshiping Blackrock Clan. Clan (remnants of the former Horde). Afterwards, Jaina Proudmoore arrives on the scene to travel with Arthas as they investigate the Scourge's "plague" that has devastated several other villages. They of Lordaeron's villages.

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discover, and kill, the leader behind the plague, Kel'Thuzad, at the city of Andorhal, and then travel to Stratholme in order to kill the supposed overall leader of the Scourge, Scourge; the dreadlord dreadlord, Mal'Ganis. However, the people of the city have all already been infected with the plague, which forces Arthas to order the entire city to be slaughtered. purged. Uther rejects the idea to kill off the entire city; forcing city, which prompts Arthas to take away Uther's title as a Paladin, which also causes Jaina and forces him to leave. Jaina leaves as well not wanting anything to do with it as Arthas commences with the purge, but slaughter. However, Mal'Ganis escapes his grasp. After the slaughter, grasp, and informs Arthas that their true battle will be in Azeroth's icy northern continent of Northrend. Upon Arthas' departure, Medivh arrives at the city, and is able to convince Jaina to lead an army of Alliance Lordaeron survivors to Kalimdor.

In order to pursue Mal'Ganis, Arthas travels to the northern Azeroth continent of Northrend. Here, he meets Muradin's dwarvern expedition as the two forces team up to fight against Mal'Ganis. While there, Arthas destroys his own ships to make sure that his forces stick with him after Uther ordered had convinced the king to order the expedition to return home, and goes looking for the sword, Frostmourne, in order to have enough power to fight Mal'Ganis. Upon finding the sword, Muradin realizes that the sword is cursed, but Arthas calls upon the sword's power anyway. Frostmourne breaks out of the icy case that was holding the sword to land before Arthas as an icy shard of the case accidently kills Muradin in the process. With the sword at hand, Arthas leads his army to destroy Mal'Ganis' primary stronghold, and kills Mal'Ganis for good. Afterwards, Arthas returns home to cheers from the people of Lordaeron, and walks before his father, Terenas. However, Arthas ends up stabbing his father, which results in the king's death. He goes into hiding soon after.



Maiev, Tyrande and Malfurion arrive in Lordaeron as the latter heads off to find Illidan's location. In the meantime, Maiev and Tyrande help a band of Blood Elves led by Prince Kael'thas (the scraps of the Elven civilization the Scourge destroyed) escape the pursuit of the nearby undead forces in order to secure their help to fight Illidan. Tyrande holds the undead back at a bridge, but ends up getting swept down the river during the battle. Maiev and Kael's Blood Elves join up with Malfurion who has discovered that Illidan is attempting to destroy Northrend with the Eye of Sargeras at the ruined city of Dalaran. The two forces, Night Elves and Blood Elves, assault Illidan's base at Dalaran, and are able to stop the Eye of Sargeras before it could complete the spell.

Illidan now captured, he claims that they shouldn't have stopped them as he was aiming to kill everyone's enemy, the Lich King. However, Malfurion counters by stating that his actions had put the whole world in danger, and resulted in Tyrande's death. Kael informs Malfurion that Tyrande had only been swept down river, which angers Malfurion who realizes that Maiev had lied to him about Tyrande's fate. He leaves Maiev, and heads off with Illidan as the two brothers work together against the undead to save Tyrande. Having helped save Tyrande, Malfurion allows for Illidan to leave in peace as Illidan opens, and leaves through a Portal to the ruined world of Draenor, now called Outland. Maiev however shows up at the last possible minute, and takes a small force of Night Elves with her through the portal to continue the chase after Illidan.

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Maiev, Tyrande and Malfurion arrive in Lordaeron as the latter heads off to find Illidan's location. In the meantime, Maiev and Tyrande help a band of Blood Elves led by Prince Kael'thas (the scraps of the Elven civilization the Scourge destroyed) escape the pursuit of the nearby undead forces in order to secure their help to fight Illidan. Tyrande holds the undead back at a bridge, but ends up getting swept down the river during the battle. Maiev and Kael's Blood Elves join up with Malfurion who has discovered that Illidan is attempting to destroy Northrend with the Eye of Sargeras at the ruined city of Dalaran. The Maiev tells Malfurion of Tyrande's fate being torn apart before her very eyes as the two forces, Night Elves and Blood Elves, assault Illidan's base at Dalaran, and are able to stop the Eye of Sargeras before it could complete the spell.

Illidan now Now captured, he claims Illidan attempts to defend his actions by claiming that they shouldn't have stopped them as he was aiming to kill everyone's enemy, the Lich King.King of the Scourge. However, Malfurion counters by stating that his actions had put the whole world in danger, and resulted in Tyrande's death. Kael informs Malfurion that Tyrande had only been swept down river, which angers Malfurion who as he realizes that Maiev had lied to him about Tyrande's fate. He leaves Maiev, and heads off with Illidan as the two brothers work together against the undead to save Tyrande. Having helped save Tyrande, Malfurion allows for Illidan to leave in peace as Illidan opens, and leaves through a Portal to the ruined world of Draenor, now called Outland. Maiev however shows up at the last possible minute, and takes a small force of Night Elves with her through the portal to continue the chase after Illidan.


The southern human kingdom of Stormwind is attacked by a Horde of [[OurOrcsAreDifferent green-skinned marauders]] originating from the world of Draenor, who are hell-bent on exterminating the human population. The player is either a valiant human lord, Anduin Lothar, who beats back the orcs, and gets crowned the monarch of Stormwind after King Llane dies, or an orc general, Orgrim Doomhammer, who betrays the Horde warchief, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blackhand]], to become its new leader, and then leads the Horde against humanity to crush Stormwind's capital city.

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The Stormwind, the southern human kingdom of Stormwind Azeroth, is one day attacked by a Horde of [[OurOrcsAreDifferent green-skinned marauders]] originating from the world of Draenor, who are hell-bent on exterminating the human population. The player is either a valiant human lord, Anduin Lothar, who beats back the orcs, and gets crowned the monarch of Stormwind after King Llane dies, or an orc general, Orgrim Doomhammer, who betrays the Horde warchief, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blackhand]], to become its new leader, and then leads the Horde against humanity to crush Stormwind's capital city.

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